Police catch criminal with his pants down

Lindsay Police arrest man for indecent exposure in store, peeping into woman’s window after burglary


LINDSAY – Lindsay Police officers solved two cases earlier this month after catching a criminal with his pants down, literally. At 5:59 a.m. on Nov. 1 in the Olivewood Shopping Center, 260 N. Highway 65 in Lindsay, officers were dispatched for a report of a male subject inside a store with his pants down.

Officers made contact at the store with the transient and identified him as 31-year-old Manuel Moreno Ruiz. Witnesses told officers that Ruiz exposed himself to them and he showed signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Ruiz was arrested after officers found drugs on him. Sgt. Heinks also found three credit cards matching the last name of a recent victim of a recent incident regarding indecent exposure in the 400 block of N. Lafayette.

A female victim had reported that someone matching Ruiz’s description was watching her through a window while performing a sex act on himself. Heinks contacted the female victim at the residence and she identified the stolen cards that Ruiz was carrying. The sergeant then asked family members to check the house to see if any other items were missing.

Family members discovered two backpacks and a laptop were also missing from inside the home. While checking the area of Apia and Roosevelt, Sgt. Heinks located the remaining property from the burglary, which was returned to the victims. Ruiz was later booked at Porterville Sub-Station.



Wednesday, Nov. 1
At 9:49 p.m. in the area Cambridge and Samoa, officers responded to a report of several gang members fighting in the roadway. An officer contacted an adult male and two 16-year-old male juveniles in the 200 block of N. Cambridge. One of the juveniles provided the officer with his brother’s name and date of birth, and he was later found to be an active runway juvenile out of Porterville. The juvenile was arrested for providing false information and later transported to Juvenile Detention Facility for housing. The Missing Persons case was updated with the Porterville Police Department and Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

Friday, Nov. 3
At 11:23 p.m. in the 200 block of N. Gale Hill, officers contacted a woman who advised that she had been punched in the face by her juvenile son during an argument and sustained visible injuries. The boy was arrested without incident, processed at the police department and later transferred to the Juvenile Detention Facility in Visalia for lodging.

Saturday, Nov. 4
At 8 a.m. in the area of Honolulu and Sweet Brier, officers responded to a report of an adult female who had defecated on the sidewalk during the Rib Cook Off event. The woman, who was later identified as Evangelina Shady Salgado, became uncooperative and combative towards the officers. The 34-year-old transient was arrested after a brief struggle. Salgado was then transported to the LPD for processing before being booked into the Visalia Pre Trial Facility.

At 1:02 a.m. near the intersection of Sweet Brier Ave. and Hermosa St., officers observed a woman passed out behind the wheel of a 2010 Acura TSX that was still running. The driver of the vehicle, 22-year-old Jessica Valerie Gutierrez of Lindsay, was found to be heavily intoxicated and arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. She was transported to the police department for processing where she blew a .14, nearly twice the legal limit, on the breathalyzer test. Gutierrez was cited and released to a responsible party on a signed promise to appear in court.

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